Monday, November 5, 2018

South Town Art Walk 2018

It is such a pleasure to organize and host for this event each year! This year is especially exciting because it is the first year I will be welcoming art walkers into my finished studio space! I have been working on some functional as well as sculptural work for this event and will be sharing space with 4 other artists as well! Stop by Diana Rose Studio for snacks, cider and art! Make sure to visit other studios on the walk- how wonderful to live among so many talented artisans! 

17 StUDIOS Over 50 Artists and Makers

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"Take a walking tour of South Corvallis artist's studios featuring a wide range of handmade art including: hand knits, paintings, cards + collage, ceramics, sculpture, letterpress, artisan bread, herbal products, mosaics, jewelry, up-cycled robots, basketry, soaps, ornaments and so much more!! This is as local as it gets! Support your neighborhood artists this holiday season and get to know your community."
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1010 SE AlExANDEr
The Hat Place/Beth Runciman Brinker & Sue Riggs: hand knits, great local, hand spun yarns, hats, mitts, scarves, cowls, ear warmers and more!
1975 SE CryStAl lAKE Dr CoHo Common House
Linda Edwards: watercolors & oils, cards, prints, jewelry, soft sculpture Carolyn Larue: paintings and decorated boxes
Wild Yeast Bakery/Craig and April Hall Cutting: artisan sourdough breads & pastries with local, organic grains. Pick up a snack & beverage for the walk. Wholesome Treats/Sandie and Nayla Hallman: paleo sweets and snacks made with organic and local ingredients
Downtown Dance Students/Fund-raiser for NYC trip: live performances every half-hour, plus hand-drawn greeting cards and other crafts
Jane Kaufman: Native American-style beaded earrings, cards, collage prints Nayla’s Plants/Nayla Hallman: Cuban Oregano succulents in etched glasses MissSwissBliss/Sabina Monn: phone covers (order your own), custom made acrylic paintings (order your own portraits), live improvised cello music
2042 SE CryStAl CIrClE
Blue Camas Press/Julia Lont: letterpress cards and prints
Plant Posse/Brittney West: plant-powered paintings, hand-sculpted jewelry, eco-prints, needlepoint, stickers, t-shirts, totes and more!
Beth Bee Books/Beth Barnett: block print artwork, prints on paper & cradled board, handmade books
1260 SE AlExANDEr 
** Herbal Teas & Henna Tatoos! ** Sunnyside Herb School: herbal creations from students and alumni including:
tinctures, honeys, syrups, body products, books, cards, wreaths, and more.
2115 SE CryStAl lAKE Dr The Yurt
Deb Curtis: basketry, hand knitted items, ornaments and other ber arts
Joe Junker: oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoals and mixed media 
2305 SE CryStAl lAKE Dr
Miriam Edell: art cards, oil & acrylic paintings, dry bouquets Tal Carmi: ceramics
Jan E O Jewelry /Jan O’Banion: organic, tribal jewelry inspired by nature Chris Ladovsky’s Frankenstein Art: Frankensteins and the Can & Bowl Brothers - altered art robots & dolls from recycled, vintage & found objects.
**NEW** 950 SE POWEll AVE
ForgetMeNot Art & Handcrafts/Brynn Carter: paintings, collages 3D gifts, stockings, books
Suncatcher Studio/Marjorie Kinch: watercolor & mixed media paintings, cards, and small art related items
Carol Fitzgerald: assemblage wall art from upcycled materials, acrylics on wood and found objects
1445 SE VICA WAy
Trey Phillips: paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylics 
**NEW** 550 SE ChEStEr AVE
Dana Monroe: whimsical needle felted animal creations
Armida Guerrero: abstract acrylic canvases and portraits
Shelly Elwood: upcycled metal sculptures
Ian Ciechanowski: photographs; unique perspectives of nature and everyday objects
Emma Ciechanowsk: photographs of different perspectives of nature 
1515 SE BEthEl St (corner of Crystal Lake Dr.)
Diana Rose Studio/Diana Ryan: unique ceramics, skeleton mugs, sculptural vessels
Sharon King: watercolor, acrylic, monotype with ow, small gifts Justyna Pohl & Magda Rhode: felted ornaments, Harry Potter cards Laurel Buley: organic, locally grown herbal teas and body care Julie O’Briant: stained glass collage, ber, handmade paper, acrylic paint, copper
Bailey O’Briant: photography cards 
465 SE BrIDgEWAy St
Linda’s Latest/Linda Johansen: blank journals, sketch books, eco printed scarves, card and wall prints, soaps, phone purses
1670 SE BEthEl St
The Mandala Lady/Maureen Frank: original mandala art, mandalas to color, mandala coloring books, greeting cards, hand-painted Mandala Meditation Stones, Mindfulness Stones, and Chakra Stone sets.
815 SE AtWOOD St
Rock N’ More Accents/Michelle Powell: polished stones transformed into wearable magnetic “pins”, sale on last year’s wreaths and recycled glass oil lamps.
Enola Powell: freestyle recycled fabric dolls, photography prints & cards
1900 SE BEthEl St
Caroline Moses: watercolor on wood veneer on panel mosaics, wood jewelry and decorations
Johnny Beaver: selected small painted works from his archive Spike Keenan: small paintings, cards, and pottery
**NEW** 1995 SE BEthEl St 
Spencer Dixon: functional wood red ceramics
Corvidopolis/Chris Adams: screen printed apparel and art prints 
929 SE BEthEl PlACE
Sara Kellogg: handwoven cotton and wool rugs Claire Elam: ceramics and watercolors
Patrick Means: adventure photography
Tom Kellogg: wooden toys and housewares
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mom's Night Out Workshops- Supporting Mom's and Building Community

I have recently started hosting "Mom's Night Out" Workshops at the studio. This series of monthly workshops is geared toward supporting moms, caregivers and female identified folks in all stages of life, through intergenerational community and creativity. Each month Diana Rose Studio will offer a workshop in a creative medium. All materials and supplies will be provided for project. Guest artists will visit from the surrounding community to instruct some of the workshops. A portion of the proceeds for each workshop will be donated to Proud Mama Support Services to help fund the Perinatal Support Group in Corvallis. At each workshop, a liaison from Proud Mama Support Services will help facilitate a safe space in which we can all support each other through the joys AND challenges of motherhood. During each workshop, participants will complete a personal art project to take home as well as a collaborative piece symbolizing our support for one another as moms. My goal is to give mom's/ caregivers a creative outlet, help build community and fundraise for Proud Mama Support Services. I have invited local female artists/ entrepreneurs to come lead projects and make community connections. 

The first workshop was a macrame workshop during the month of September, led by yours truly where participants learned a basic macrame knot with many pattern variations and created a wall hanging to take home. 

Macrame Mom's Night Out showing off their wall hangings
The second workshop was led by Laurel Buley of Rambling Rose Botanicals and focused on Self- Care. Participants created a group tea blend as well as individual tea blends based on their herbal preferences. We also made some body scrubs, herbal bath soaks and handmade clay essential oil diffusers. We sat with the herbs as we processed them, stripping the leaves off the stems and discussing properties of the herbs as well as ways we each practice self-care and what that looks like for different people. The aromatherapy in the studio was simply intoxicating as we sampled Rambling Rose Teas and created our herbal goodies. My favorite blend from the class was the Rosemary Ginger Salt Scrub. I've included the recipe below: 
Some of the finished Teas/ Scrubs

Rosemary, Ginger Salt Scrub
1 Cup fine sea salt
1/4 Cup oil of choice ( we used Sunflower oil)
Pinch of ground ginger
1 tsp ground rosemary
A few drops sweet orange essential oil

*Use as a body scrub in the shower

Lemon Verbena after being processed
Essential oil Diffusers
The next mom's night out workshop is November 4th from 5:30-7:30 and will be hosting the Mandala Lady for Mandala Coloring as Meditation. Here is the class description and registration info:

Doodling and coloring are known to activate the reward centers of the brain in the prefrontal cortex. Allowing ourselves to play with colored pens and paper can create a wonderful opportunity to calm, center, and de-stress. For those of us with an inner critic, coloring offers us a low-risk chance to practice self-compassion and set self-criticism aside. 

Plus, compared to other mediums, pen and paper may more easily fit into the busy life of moms, with all its interruptions and curious little hands that get interested in our creative projects.

During this workshop you will explore three unique ways to meditate and tap into your own inner wisdom by coloring different forms of mandalas:

A pre-drawn mandala
An in-the-moment doodle mandala
A free-form mandala by way of a guided meditation

As part of the workshop we’ll also cover such topics as: how meditation can help us with stress, depression, or other mood issues, how to set intentions, a variety of coloring techniques, and different ways to color intuitively.

All materials and coloring media will be provided. If you have a favorite coloring medium that you like to use, you’re welcome to bring/use it during the workshop. You’ll also receive some mandalas to color to take home.

Total Cost= $50 per student (materials included) REGISTER HERE

*9 Spots available, register online only*

About the Instructor:
Maureen Frank is a Mandala Artist and Intuitive Channel. She began her Mandala journey after her 1999 trip to Egypt. Inspired by ancient art, nature, architecture, and patterns she created well over 200 mandala designs and art pieces since. Maureen likes to play with a variety of media including color pencils, gel pens, poured inks, markers, watercolors, and acrylics; each giving a different feel and texture to her art. Coloring mandalas, for her, acts as a creative form of meditation as well as an enjoyable calming practice. When setting an intention before coloring, she receives inner guidance and insights during and afterwards, making for a powerful coloring experience.

Find out More about Maureen's Work:

Monday, August 6, 2018

Leonard Street Mural Project

On May 19th, 2018 Local Art Teacher Dana Monroe and Community Artist Diana Ryan led a 3 hour workshop at the annual Lincoln Elementary School Carnival. At this workshop community members and Lincoln families were given the opportunity to participate in painting whimsical farm characters on panels that, when finished, will be installed into a Community Mural at a wall facing the Leonard Street Community Garden in South Town. The Mural project is being sponsored by Willamette Housing Services and was approved for a Neighborhood Improvement grant by the city. The finished mural will add beauty and intrigue to a low-income neighborhood and will be an attraction for neighbors to extend their walks throughout the neighborhood. 
Frog cut out was painted by Lincoln Elementary Students and is ready to be installed at mural location

View of the wall and surrounding garden before starting the mural
Our little helpers during the painting process
The bulk of the mural was painted in 5 days in Mid July, 2018 using 3 tiers of scaffolding to reach the top of this 25 foot high wall. Dana and I met in the mornings and evenings to beat the mid day heat, with our kiddos in tow. We enjoyed connecting with neighbors interested in the project, listening to the hustle and bustle of diverse families and residents, and seeing familiar faces from the local Elementary school playing in the community garden. 

View of the mural in progress and surrounding community garden and picnic area on Leonard St
The finishing touches of the mural were painted in early August as part of the "National Night Out" community event. Local residents and kids had the opportunity to paint flowers in the foreground of the mural as the community came together in the shared space to enjoy food and connect with their community. It was a huge success and was included in the local newspaper-  Click here to view the article in the Gazette Times about the project. Many thanks to our supporters: the Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services, a city of Corvallis Neighborhood Empowerment Grant and the AARP of Oregon. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to paint the first mural in South Corvallis and look forward to future South Town Mural projects (spoiler alert- the next one is being painted on the side of my art studio)!! Stay tuned! 
Completed Mural adjacent to community garden space

Detail of Finished mural and Gardening Peter Rabbit. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pottery Night Fundraiser to Support Postpartum Moms

Finished Mandalas Photographed with Event Flyer for
Climb out of the Darkness event
This month Diana Rose Studio hosted a pottery night fundraiser for Corvallis Proud Mama Services Perinatal Support Group. Diana Rose Studio donated 40% of the proceeds for the class to the upcoming "Climb out of the Darkness" event. Climb out of the Darkness is an annual event around the country near the longest day of the year to symbolize the struggle against PMADs (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) and the resilience and strength of those who deal with these struggles. The 2018 Climb out of the darkness is happening Saturday, July 21st from 10am-2pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Corvallis. For more info please visit the Facebook Event Page. It was such a pleasure sharing my creative space with this group of mom's and sharing an evening of creating and sharing our experiences as mothers. Here are some of the wonderful projects being created during this workshop. 

Clay Mandalas and Collaborative Tile Quilt in Progress

Clay Mandalas being painted with Glaze

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Featured Show at Voices Gallery

I had a wonderful featured show and reception at Voices Gallery on the May 17th downtown Corvallis Art Walk. The theme of the show was "All Things Tea". Displayed in the gallery was all work made this year in the new studio including 6 large tea sets and 4 small child size sets as well as loads of mugs and tea accessories. Laurel Buley of Rambling Rose Botanicals featured some beautiful organic herbal infusions and tea blends and handed out samples of her teas. Tea Sets are one of my favorite things to make and I was happy to have the opportunity to create some fun sets for the show! 

Monday, February 26, 2018

New Studio up and Running!!

 Studio Classes are in full swing at Diana Rose Studio this winter! We are enjoying the new space immensely and students have been working hard on various art endeavors. I have been busy creating new work for upcoming shows this spring and generally just loving the space.
Shelves filling with work

Young clay artist at work.
Beginning Drawing Students working hard on Picasso inspired self portraits. 
Beginning Drawing Student working on Andy Goldsworthy inspired eco art still life.  
Ladies Night Pottery Class busy on the pottery wheel.

Couples Workshop making pots on the pottery wheel. 

Muddy Creek Residency Winter 2018

This January I was asked to do a several week clay residency at Muddy Creek Charter School. I worked with the Art Teacher Elizabeth Watkins and each of the classroom teachers to develop clay projects that went along with their curriculum. Each class had a total of 3 clay sessions, 2 for making in clay and one for glazing. I will include photos and a brief description for each project below. Students made some great projects and had fun learning techniques in clay. I worked as a resource for Elizabeth on construction techniques, kiln firing and general clay guidelines. The goal is that she will be confident leading future clay projects with Muddy Creek students and that the medium can be a more regular part of the curriculum at the school.
 Kindergarteners used templates to cut out the shapes of different mammals they have been studying. They cut out a heart shape and teachers assisted poking holes around the hearts for string to be woven through at a later time. Students were able to choose to glaze the mammals realistically or artfully and the results are pretty fantastic! Kinders also created small bowls with pressed leaves inside that turned out wonderfully colorful.
1st and 2nd graders worked on creating flat clay owls experimenting with texture for the feathers/ details. They also worked on making coil nests with eggs inside. They learned basic clay construction techniques, and experimented with texture and color. String hangers with beads were added to the clay owls after firing so that they can be hung up on the wall. 

 2nd and 3rd Graders experimented with creating textures in clay. Dried leaves, noodles, beads, shells, etc. were pressed or rolled into the clay resulting in various textures. Students created textured hand prints as well as little bowls that they made into flowers by adding pedals around the rim.

3rd and 4th Graders worked making small hanging bird/fairy houses. Students used a template to create the cone shaped roof and pinch pots for the base and learned construction techniques to attach the two. Lots of time and detail was put into the glazing of the houses. 

 4th and 5th graders worked on constructing hollow garden gnome figures. The construction process included making all the different shapes of the body and attaching them together well. Students were careful to make figures hollow so they wouldn't explode in the firing and poking a hole in the clay to let the air escape as they clay dried. Students took on the challenge and learned a lot about the properties of clay and glazes. Their hard work resulted in some pretty cool and funky gnomes.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

South Corvallis Art Walk 6th Annual

Our new Art Walk Banner!

The 2017 South Corvallis Art Walk was our biggest year yet with 17 artist studios and over 35 local artists!  We had a huge diversity of artwork  featuring a wide range of handmade art including: hand knits, paintings, cards + collage, ceramics, sculpture, live storytelling performances, letterpress, artisan bread, herbal products, mosaics, jewelry, up-cycled robots and figurines, basketry, fabric bowls and vases, handmade soaps, ornaments and so much more!! Diana Rose Studio hosted 3 additional artists:
Avie Meadows of Avie Joy Studios: ceramic platters, ornaments and paintings
Justyna Pohl and Magda Moleska: felted animal ornaments and Harry Potter gifts
 Julie Obriant: Stained glass and collage and beaded glass ornaments

I was also excited to host this event in my new (unfinished) studio space which was really fun and gave people a feel for the new space. 
Avie Joy Studios ceramic art and paintings

Artists: Justyna Pohl and Magda Moleska felted animals 

Art Walk participants in the studio

Handmade felt and glass ornaments displayed on curly willow

Diana Rose Studio Ceramic Art Display

Diana Ryan's original skull mugs

Diana Rose Studio Student Gallery 

Artist Julie Obriant's hanging dragonflies